Defence Families of Australia (DFA) is in the unique position of being able to work directly with Defence families across Australia through our regionally-based National Delegates, and then represent them at a national level to effect changes to policies which impact on all ADF families.
During August 2015, the DFA National Executive met in Canberra for their annual conference. It brought together National Delegates from across Australia to meet with senior Defence leaders and decision makers in organisations such as Defence Housing Australia and the Defence Community Organisation.
Looking into 2016
We invite you to read the Defence Families of Australia 2015-16 Annual Report, containing post conference summaries and recommendations for government and Defence, which is now available on the DFA website www.dfa.org.au/advocacy.
We are very excited about the year ahead in which DFA will be undertaking the following three major projects:
Best Practice Absence from Home Support
DFA is going to investigate what is best practice absence from home support for ADF families across the Services.
Family members continue to tell DFA how important it is for them to be able to work. DFA is going to investigate this issue of partner employment even to see if a national approach can be developed.
Member with Dependants (Unaccompanied)
DFA was concerned families may not have access to well-informed and considered advice on the benefits or implications of MWD(U), nor access to appropriate support systems.
DFA will be working with the Minister, Chief of the Defence Force, Vice Chief of the Defence Force, three Service Chiefs and Defence stakeholders to address important issues which affect ADF families under these subject headings. DFA will also work collaboratively with our stakeholders to address the list of priorities raised in the second section of the Agenda.
These projects have come as a direct result of DFA meeting with and reporting on issues raised by ADF Families from all regions. Through our ongoing consultation with local command, stakeholders and families, DFA endeavour to act as the voice for families at the highest levels and ensure that their message is heard.
In particular, these are issues on which DFA will continue to seek feedback from families, pursue policy clarification and work on progressive discussions with Defence stakeholders over the coming months.
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